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New FCA-UAW contract headed for ratification

by Bill Cawthon on

According to early reports in the Detroit News, United Auto Workers union members have apparently ratified a new four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Union members voted at their local halls Tuesday and Wednesday.


If the reported trend continues, this second proposal will pass with a much higher margin than the 2011 contract. That agreement squeaked by with a bare majority only after union leadership, including then-president Bob King and the late General Holiefield,did a lot of arm-twisting.

While the second proposed deal still lacks some of the things rank-and-file members wanted, such as restoration of the 25% cap on the number of Tier 2 workers and definite product commitments, it does lay out an eight-year path to wage parity with Tier 1 workers and details job changes for the next four years.


An official announcement of ratification is expected later today.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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